Medical Marijuana Advocate Sees DA’s Hand in Searches

Colorado Springs police searched seven medical marijuana dispensaries in the city Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation, said Sgt. B. Poole of the region’s Metro Vice, Narcotics and Intelligence squad.

No arrests were made and Poole declined to say what police were looking into, saying it was an ongoing investigaiton and would be reviewed by the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office before any information could be released.

Sunshine Wellness Center, which has a physician who refers patients seeking a medical marijuana license, was not among those that were searched, but an employee said she heard police were checking that the growers were complying with state laws regarding the number of patients dispensaries can have and the plants they can grow.

Tanya Garduno, president of the Colorado Springs Medical Cannabis Council, which represents patients, caregivers and dispensaries in the area, said the group has been meeting with law enforcement officials to discuss mutual concerns and was surprised by the searches.

“We were given no indication of an investigation,” she said Thursday. “This pretty much blind-sided us.”

The searches were conducted the day after the Legislature gave final approval to a bill regulating the medical marijuana industry.

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